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Lake Chalet, 90 Minutes from Midtown Manhattan

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Chalet, 5 Bedrooms + Pull out bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 14-16)

Exhale with Superb Lake views just 90 minutes from New York City! Pull in at the Pawling Train Station and take a cab to the Chalet!

Impressive, 2600 square foot, five bedroom, three bathroom, three-story, chalet-style home on Whaley Lake in Dutchess County, New York. Beautifully furnished and just 90 minutes drive from Midtown New York City.

Regardless of the time of year, the Chalet offers a tranquil setting to relax and unwind. Recline on the spacious, second-story surrounding deck, take to the water in the canoes, swim in the calm lake. Or in winter, enjoy the warmth of the wood-burning fire and watch the snow fall.

(TRY THIS: A Working Vacation,

With your family spending the week at the Lake, it is a short 10 minute drive from the Chalet to Metro North Railroad in Patterson. Take The Metro North directly to Grand Central Station departing at 7:02am and arriving Grand Central at 8:27am. Return in the evening to your relaxed family, departing Grand Central Station 5:59pm, arrive Patterson 7:27pm. Then, after a working week, enjoy the weekend with your family at beautiful Whaley Lake.)

The Lakeview chalet offers a very spacious vacation and entertaining environment, ideal for families with children of all ages, a group of friends or a romantic getaway for couples . From the first hint of light in the morning to the colorful glows of the dusk sky, the exhilarating, elevated views of the pristine lake and its surroundings will impress.


I. Third Floor:

1. The Master Bedroom is a highlight of the Chalet. This large bedroom is a private en suite, with a skylight and its own bathroom. The view from the long windows over the lake will take your breath away.

2. Two additional double bedrooms. One sleeps 2, and the other sleep up to 4.

3. A large separate bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and sky-lights. Hardwood floors throughout.

II. Main Floor (open concept):

1. Living room: Beautiful stone fireplace with large wood burning stove, exposed hardwood beams throughout, full length windows from every angle looking out over the lake. There are a large 3 piece sofa set, 46" television and DVD player. Wifi and cable are provided.

2. Spacious fully functional kitchen with condiments, large counter top, dining / living area leading out onto the very spacious balcony, overlooking the lake. The dining table seats 8 and additional seating can be added.

3. One double bedroom, sleeps 2.

4. A large separate bathroom with spacious glass shower complete this level.

III. First Floor:

1. Fully functional office / one bedroom with outdoor access, the pull out bed sleeps 2.

2. Family/game room with pool/pingpong/air hockey table

3. Separate laundry room with a new washer and dryer.

4. A newly added large bedroom sleeps 4, with a queen bed and a pull out double bed.

This floor can easily sleep 6 at night but has space for day time activities. The first floor is perfect for children to play.Hardwood floors and heating throughout.

IV. The Yard:

The property has 2 yards on it's left & right side. The right side yard is flat and spacious with tree-surrounding lawn. A fire pit with 4 bench chairs are sitting close to the house. A summer night by the fire under the star-filled sky is amazing.

The driveway runs in front of the house leading to street on both end. It's wide enough to easily park 3-4 cars, but in case you need additional parking, you can park on the lawn on left side or find street parking across the house.

V. The Lake Access:

The entrance to the path leading to the lake is directly across the street in front of the house. You may find it a bit secretive because this is a small lake front for only a few nearby property owners who prefer privacy. The path is down a rocky slope so good walking shoes are recommended. The 2 canoes we provided are by the lakeside accessible to you with a key. The fishing poles, life jackets and oars are stored in the closet of the First Floor office. If you're serious about fishing, please bring your own fishing gears... Whaley lake is known for its great fishing!

Keywords: Lake Home - Chalet

More Details

Property Manager
Connie Guo & David Shaffer
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: mandarin
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

Why Connie Guo & David Shaffer chose Holmes

Peaceful and Serene are the two words to describe the feelings once you enter the Chalet...We fell in love with it at first sight! It has beautiful countryside setting, water access, and enough interesting things to do in the area for exploration and entertaining. The house feels so airy and spacious that you'll also enjoy staying inside just doing nothing.


Holmes Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No Back to Back Booking on Sundays due to cleaning schedule. Day time visitors > 5 requires advance notice and approval.
  • Do not use other electric device (s.a. hair dryer) in the bathroom when Jacuzzi is running which may cause short fuse.
  • Please keep noise inside the house in respect to our neighbors. Please don't move room furnitures out of their places. It may cost $ to move it back.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 3rd level; Sleeps 3 adults or a couple with 2 children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3rd Level, sleeps 2 shares bathroom with br 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2nd level, bath next to living room. Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1rst level; Newly added br. Sleep 4
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with own bath and a great lake view !
    Office - 2 twin/ single , Ground level office, pull out twin beds. sleeps 2
  • Queen Bed (2); Full Beds (3), Twin or Single twin Beds (6) Sleep total of 16 people.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Bedrooms, Tasteful Decor Throughout the 5 Bedrooms, All Linen Provided, TV/DVD in 3 Bedrooms, Two Quality Fold-Out day beds on the first floor allows the Chalet to Sleep 16, All Rooms Equipped with Fans, Bathrooms, All three bathrooms are newly renovated, The third floor bathroom contains a large Jacuzzi, Kitchen, Gas oven and 6-burner cook-top, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, toaster, blender, all cutlery, dishes, pots and pans, Laundry, includes large, new washer and dryer, Dining area, Dining setting seats 8 comfortably, Living area, Comfortable leather sofa and loveseat, stone fireplace with wood burning stove, television, DVD/Video player and decorations, Balcony, Large gas BBQ grill, outdoor table and chairs, Parking, Ample private off-road parking, Grounds, Private driveway, large lawn areas and trees, Lake, Lake views from most rooms, a 100 Yard walk to the lake shore.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Lake Chalet, 90 Minutes from Midtown Manhattan
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 34 reviews

Was Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had 9 people ranging from 10 years old to 74. Very comfortable and plenty of room. Having 3 full bathrooms was a plus; my father even used the jacuzzi! Beautiful views of the lake and plenty of room for all to enjoy dinner on the deck. We took two days trips to Manhattan (1 hr 20 min), Warwick, Walkill, and Connecticut. I highly recommended this rental as Connie and her husband are very accommodating! We enjoyed the canoes and outdoor fire pit. Very scenic drive and good restaurants close by. Connie includes a very accurate and specific information packet for local 'things-to-do'.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Matthew, We enjoyed having you as our guests and thank you for sharing your good memories with us! We are impressed that you explored so many places in the area, some even we thought about and haven't been to yet. The house has combination of country peacefulness and convenience to fun which is the reason we first got this house...and we are very happy our gusts enjoy it as much as we do! We wish you and your family a wonderful rest of summer and hope you come visit again! Connie & David
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Great House on a nice Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this house. The rooms and common areas were very nice, clean and spacious and the lake was extremely relaxing and peaceful. Definitely a great place close to the city and would definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful playful weekend

  • 4 of 5

I rented the chalet for a long weekend birthday celebration with friends. The house was very comfortable. It was easy to make ourselves at home. And it was such a fun place to be. There was easily room for all 14 of us! The kitchen was fully equipped, and we really enjoyed cooking meals there. The view from the deck and master bedroom was gorgeous. We took advantage of the nearby hiking and the boats that came with the house (they even had a life vest for the 3 year old who was with us). The lake was really quiet! We had it mostly to ourselves, and a few other friendly boaters. We had lovely campfires each night in the side yard. For NYC guests without enough cars for everyone this is a very easy place to get to by train (the 10 min drive to the train made it super easy to pick up and drop off people). Definitely recommend it as a convenient getaway! And the owners are really easy to communicate with, which is definitely a plus!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun for the whole family

  • 4 of 5

Lovely lakefront view. Layout very good, with large open area that included kitchen, dining and great room, where all could gather. Bedrooms on all three levels, affording privacy while comfortably accommodating family and guests. Great wrap around deck where we spent many hours sitting outside, grilling, eating and talking together, enjoying the beautiful view of Whaley Lake. Clean and well stocked. Nice side yard with fire pit.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Lake Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 recently stayed in this cabin for a week and there were plenty of bedrooms for all of us. Lots of room downstairs for the kids to have their own space while the adults enjoyed the open living/dining area and kitchen on the main level. We ate dinner on the large deck several nights during our stay since the weather was warm. The views of the lake were beautiful and so nice to wake up to. Thanks, Connie, for letting us share your special place at the lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Relaxing Bachelor Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I brought myself and 13 other guys to this house for a weekend bachelor party. The house was plenty spacious, and we really loved the layout. Plenty of bathrooms and beds for everyone (though a couple people passed out on couches despite that fact....) The kitchen was great for cooking a huge breakfast and then a pasta dinner later on. We didn't take advantage of the lake and canoes, but were certainly glad they were available.

The only drawback was that, of the two grills, only half the burners on one of them worked. This didn't deter us, we just turned our BBQ into a day-long affair and cooked everything we could fit on half a grill at a time! This was the highlight of the whole weekend for me. I'm not much of an online reviewer, but I would absolutely recommend this house to anyone, and would gladly stay here again. Connie was really great and easy to work with on this trip. I only had to call her one time over the weekend, and she answered right away and was very kind to us.


  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Do you John and friends, We’re very happy to hear that you liked our house and had a great stay. Thank you for keeping us informed of the door hinge and the grill, so sorry that the back up grill did not work. It’s being replaced and we hope you get to use it when you come again! We very much appreciate your business and your great comments! Have a great summer! Connie and David
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Nearest Train
12 Miles
Metro-North Train Pawling or Patterson station
Car: necessary

The Chalet Offers Magnificent views in a peaceful setting, Ideal environment to relax or entertain, Open, safe environment for children to play, Short 100 Yard walk to Whaley Lake shore, Wood burning fire (one duraflame log supplied), Use of 2 three person canoes, ideal for beginners or experienced paddlers, Use of 2 fishing poles with lures 15 minute drive to Metro-North Railroad (nearest station is Patterson, NY), Surrounding attractions, Whaley Lake Marina offers row-boat and canoe hire and, the lake is well known for its excellent Bass fishing, Many nearby attractions include Wineries, Golf Courses, Golf Driving Range, Thunder Ridge Ski slope, hiking trails, (Appalachian trail), Antique shopping, flea market, and more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

payment fee $15
cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500

Weekend rates are $1,000 per weekend (Peak season $1100) plus a cleaning fee of $250 is for a party of 14. The home can sleep 16. The weekday rates vary as per time of the year. Email with questions...

We don't encourage booking on the same day with another group checking out, but if you do need to do so, please allow us at lease 5 hours in between for a thorough cleaning of the house. Thank you for understanding!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.